Levriero Meridionale

Not Recognized by AKC

Black silhouette of generic sighthound dog

Height at Shoulders

Females 23-27 in, Males 25-29 in

Weight

37-55 lbs

Life Expectancy

13-14 yrs

History

The Levriero Meridionale is an ancient breed of sighthound that was a popular hunting dog used by Medieval feudal lords in southern Italy. They were primarily used to hunt hare. The introduction of guns lead to the decline of the Levriero Meridionale, as people were changing the way that they hunted. The Levriero Meridionale's name translates to "Southern Greyhound" in Italian, as the breed was refined in southern Italy. Currently, the breed is not recognized by any Federation and therefor, there is no breed standard in place. They are an extremely rare breed with only about 100 individuals existing worldwide.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Levrieri Meridionale will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★★★

Exercise Needs

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Prey Drive

★★★★★

★☆

★★★★★

★★

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Prey Drive

★★

Common Traits

Gentle, sensitive, and reserved

Affectionate with family but generally shy around strangers

Tend to be independent thinkers

Very intense prey drive and will go after anything that moves